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2. Americans trust their friends, not media or government

Data: Gallup; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

The volatile relationship between the administration and the news media, combined with the prevalence of fake news and misleading content online, is causing Americans to feel more confused about who and what to believe than ever before.

Lack of trust in media is particularly prevalent among Republicans, with 86% of conservatives saying they no longer trust the media, which Gallup says is easily the lowest confidence level among Republicans in 20 years.

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